A member of China Art Photography Association and China Folklore Photographic Association. Vice-president of Sichuan Art Photographic Association. He is also the artistic director of Photography Capital.
He was awarded “The Ten Best Youth Photographers In Sichuan”. He took up photography in early in 1979. He is especially good at landscape and humanities photography. He has been to Sichuan-Tibet line for over 30 times and Ali Plateau for 5 times. His works have won gold and silver prizes in Photographic Art Exhibition and gold prize in the Star-studded Photographic Exhibition held by the Ministry of Culture. Cao has also won the bronze medal in PSAchina International Photography Contest, the third prize in The First PPA International Professional Photographers Competition, the bronze prize in New China Online Photo Contest, and the silver medal in Tibet 60 Years-- Photography Contest.